Improperly Modified and Defective Vehicles

ClunkerProblems with vehicles can range from overdue maintenance to modifications that may be described as fashion over function. Responsibility for their correction rests principally with the owner and driver. When that fails, it now falls to the police and designated inspection facilities to either nudge or force correction. Depending on the severity of the defects, remedies can range from a simple reminder to a tow truck and seizure of the vehicle license and number plates.

Why is Everyone in the Left Lane?

Busy Left LaneMore and more often when I drive on a busy highway I'm finding much of the traffic jammed into the left lane, each driver trying unsuccessfully to get ahead of the others. One would think that this situation would be akin to being the proverbial kid in the candy store for anyone in traffic law enforcement, violations everywhere! Slower traffic failing to keep right, following too closely, unsafe lane change, cross single solid line, failing to signal lane change and, depending on your point of view, the root cause of much of this: attempting to exceed the speed limit.

READING - IIHS Status Report August 3, 2017

IIHS LogoThe latest issue of the Status Report examines unbelted adults in the rear seating positions of a vehicle. While Canadians might be more apt to use their seatbelts when sitting in the back seat, it's still important information for those who don't, or those who ride with people that don't.

CASE LAW - R v Kafka

BC Courts Coat of ArmsRobert Pitman-Jelly was driving a tractor trailer southbound in the 9800 block of West Saanich Road in Victoria. His intent was to turn left into the driveway for the Marine Technology Center. To prepare for the turn, Mr. Pitman-Jelly moved to the right side of the road in order to make a wide left turn due to the length of his vehicle combination. He was aware of traffic around him and judged that he had sufficient time to make the turn safely. He signalled and started to make his turn only to have a passing vehicle collide with the left front corner of his tractor.

A Comedy of Errors

ICBC LogoThis week ICBC rolled out a new road safety campaign called Drive Smart. It's aimed at increasing driver knowledge, promoting staying focused while driving and looking out for the safety of other road users. There is also a special social media hashtag: #KnowYourPartBC.

OPINION - Banning Hands Free Cellphone Use While Driving

No PhonePaul Hergott of Hergott Law in Kelowna is a very active road safety advocate. His firm specializes in personal injury services exclusively so Paul has extensive experience dealing with the aftermath of collisions. Based on that experience, he has decided to focus on the law that prohibits cell phone use while driving only if the phone is being held in your hand. It sends the dangerous message to drivers that “It’s perfectly ok, and safe, to chat away on a cell phone while driving as long as you are on Bluetooth or using other hands free technology”.

CASE LAW - R v Gjoka

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMarlen Gjoka was travelling eastbound on the Trans Canada Highway entering the posted 50 km/h speed zone that begins near the Harriet Road intersection. Constable Klear of the Saanich police department was stationed 350 meters into the zone observing and measuring the speeds of approaching traffic. He estimated Mr. Gjoka's speed at 100 km/h and using an UltraLyte LRB laser device he measured the speed at 99 km/h. Constable Klear radioed to Sergeant Stewart directing him to stop Mr. Gjoka for the speeding offence.

Driver Attitude and Automated Enforcement

Red Light Camera SignPerhaps the most effective way to improve road safety is by improving road user attitude. If selfish and unsafe behaviours can be shown as detrimental and users convinced to choose what is beneficial on their own reaching our Vision Zero targets have a better chance of being successful. Some people are willing to change their outlook when it makes sense to do so, but we also share the road with those who are not willing.

READING - Affordable & Effective Auto Insurance

According to this report for ICBC and the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure from Ernst & Young our provincial auto insurance program is currently facing the following five challenges:

VIDEO - It Can Wait

video iconThe following video is part of the Western Cape Government's Safely Home initiative. The It Can Wait campaign hopes to discourage drivers from using their cell phones while operating their vehicles. For those of us who think that we can safely multi-task while driving the site has this to say:

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